(NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) -- A Queens teacher forced her fifth-graders to make holiday cards for a repulsive pen pal — a jailed boyfriend who has a taste for child porn and a conviction for gun possession.
Melissa Dean instructed the youngsters at Public School 143 in Corona to draw cards for her beau in December because she “thought it was a nice thing to do,” investigators said.
But a guard at Groveland Correctional Facility in upstate Livingston County disagreed, intercepting the 27 letters for John Coccarelli and alerting Dean’s principal.
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“It was bad judgment,” said the city’s special commissioner of investigation, Richard Condon. “She certainly did not have permission.”